Unique and Fantastic Art Alebrijes Sculptures

Most Oaxacan artisans simply call them figures “wooden figures”, naming them after the animal which they carved, such as the deer, raccoon, leopard, etc., but when a fantastic figure is elaborated, the artisan is compelled to say he has created an “alebrije”. The creation of the first alebrijes, as well as the name itself, is attributed to Pedro Linares, who was a Mixe Indian artisan from Arrazola, Oaxaca that once had a dream in which he saw strange animals made up of parts of one animal mixed with others, and those animals were making strange sounds that he could not understand. The one and only word that he could be able to understand was Alebrije.

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